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7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Casale di Pari, Civitella Paganico, Province of Grosseto, Tuscany

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nicky c
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful views; amazing setting and hospitable hosts.”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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This was one of the most truely beautiful places we have stayed as a family. It more than lived up to our expectations. Situated up a gravelled track the views on reaching it, were stunning. We had had a 7 hour drive from Milan, having been stuck in Saturday holiday traffic and Susanna and Franseco greeted us with a much welcomed and needed glass of wine! Their hospitality continued throughout our stay, with a welcoming evening on the Sunday night, for all the guests where they provided a variety of local products for us to taste, alongside their free wine from their vineyard. Amazingly we were given free wine throughout our stay which was very drinkable! Their hospitality however was never intrusive. Our two teenage girls who we thought may get bored, also absoluely loved this spot and loved spending all day by the pool - (where WI Fi connection was good!) The infinity pool was stunning, with the most amazing views. None of us had ever swam in such an idealic setting. There was one other family and three lots of couples whilst we were there, but there was rarley more than one other couple or the family using the pool at the same time as us. Everyone was very friendly and swapped helpful information.
Aswell as just relaxing in this most beautiful enviroment, we also loved setting off, sometimes in the late afternoon to explore the beautiful cities of Florence, Sienna (were we saw the pratice for the Palio - great atmoshere), and a variety of lovely hill top towns, including San Gimignano with its amazing towers. We loved the local town of Pari which was very quaint and non touristy with a couple of very low key restaurants with great food. At Poggio Alla Rocca we stayed in the old part of this Tuscan accomodation in the Monte Acuto apartment Sole which was perfect for the four of us. It had a lovely 'old' quaint feel to it and was well equiped. It had stunning views over the Tuscan hills out of the bedroom windows and another view the other side, out of the bathroom over the quaint hilltop town of Pari. The breeze through apartment in the evenings meant that we were never over heated whilst trying to sleep, which was great and we did not even need to use the two fans provided. We had a short walk down to the pool side and to tables for eating outside which meant carrying the food down, but his was not a problem for us. We had no problem finding this place and we did not have a sat nav, just Susanna's directions. This was a fantasic holiday, in a most beautiful place. and we would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone.

Date of stay: August 2013
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Liked best: The stunning views and setting with the infinity pool.
Liked least: There was nothing to dislike.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Sam_from...
Mustair, Switzerland
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“Utterly fabulous”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We booked our 10 day break here after finding that most of the coastal villas had been booked up and were not quite sure what to expect, having not holidayed as a family in Italy before nor stayed so far inland on a villa holiday.

As it turned out Poggio Alla Rocca exceeded our expectations on every level.
Even at the end of our 10 days I still could not get over just how superbly the infinity pool and poolside areas showed off the hilltop panorama. Facing south, the pool area has views far across the thick olive groves, broad valleys, terracotta villages and distant ranges of the Tuscan landscape which fade through a rolling palette of watercolour greens and blues that change with the arc of the sun. The location benefits from exceptionally clear and expansive night skies and when we arrived the milky way was visible from horizon to horizon. The dryness, height and light breezes also meant virtually no mosquitoes and few wasps which have plagued some of our other holidays.

We arrived late on the evening of our first day and were shown to our poolside apartment by Susanna, the owner. This was Susanna’s first year of hosting her holiday lets, but she is clearly a natural: Exuding Italian warmth, always available to answer questions and yet without ever being intrusive. On the Sunday Susanna and her husband put on a drinks-and-nibbles gathering down by the pool for guests to meet each other, with locally produced cheese, meats and dips washed down with Poggia Alla Rocca’s selection of own-produced wines.

The apartment we stayed in (Sughera) was compact for the 5 of us (3 kids, 1 of whom got the sofa bed) but was well appointed and prepared. On our stay-at-home days a high quality screen and DVD player kept the kids out of the mid-day sun, but for the most part they just wanted to be in the pool.
Although there were several couples and two families staying at Susanna’s apartments in Poggio Alla Rocca and the adjacent Monte Acuto, the shared pool area was generally only used by one or two groups at a time as most of the guests – ourselves included – spent a fair amount of time exploring Italy.
On our days out we discovered that there is a huge amount of Italy within a 1.5h drive (The limit of the kids’ patience in the back seats) including Siena, Florence and the coast. We went to see the ‘Palio’ annual medieval bareback horse races around the central square of Siena, took a horse-drawn tour of Florence, and sampled world-beating ice-creams and Cappuccinos (Cappuccini) at every opportunity. We didn’t make it to the hot springs or to nearby Pari and will save these treats for our inevitable return.

Date of stay: August 2013
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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Young Children
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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 12 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Liked best: Location, hospitality.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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UKSnowque...
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Stunning views and warm hospitality”
Reviewed 9 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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After much trawling through holiday rentals on the internet we picked this because of the photos showing stunning views. On arrival we were not disappointed - you can see for miles( or Km if you are European!). The complex was designed about 3 years ago and you can see that there has been a great attention to detail. It was hard to find even with the Satnav but we wanted to be completely away from it all to appreciate the beautiful scenery Tuscany has to offer.
It is located in a central position for days sightseeing to many local towns of interest. We visited Siena, Massa Marritima, Florence, Montalcino and Pisa all of which are within easy reach. Susanna is very hospitable and we enjoyed the welcome evening were we had the opportunity to taste local delicacies and the wine they produce themselves plus a few extra spirits! The accommodation is tastefully decorated and we stayed in Sughera which was adequate for 4 but would be tight for 6. All the premises are kept clean and well maintained, the shaded area provided was particularly welcome as the temperatures reached 38 degrees while we were there. I would happily return and have no hesitation in recommending this venue to others who want to see some beautiful parts of Italy - I have promised to learn Italian though before I return!!

Date of stay: August 2013
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Liked best: The stunning views from the pool area and our property.
Liked least: The fridge - we needed lots of cool drinks and it was a bit small for 4
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Alan_C201...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Stunning views, wonderful hosts”
Reviewed 29 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We are a family of 4 (children aged 6 & 8) and stayed at Poggio alla Rocca for 1 week in July. We had a lovely, relaxing time and would happily recommend the apartments. It was our first time in Tuscany so we don’t have a benchmark to compare against, but I would be surprised if there are many better places. Poggio alla Rocca is nestled in the hills of the countryside, a 5min drive from the main road that links Siena and Grosseto. 2 nearby villages each have a small shop and a restaurant. Come here to enjoy the tranquillity, or use it as a base to explore the region. The pool area, with its stunning views of the countryside, is an ideal place to relax. The owners, Susanna and Francisco, are wonderful. They arranged dinner so we could meet the other guests (each of the courses was fantastic!); they are on hand to help with any request; they will even supply some own-produced wine. Apartments themselves are equipped to a very good standard. There are 5 apartments overall, not identical in terms of space and facilities. Any negatives? The kitchen in our apartment (Corbezzolo) is fairly compact (especially with the sofa bed down), with a hob + microwave only. Overall, an amazing place. Don’t hesitate to book.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Liked best: peacefulness, views, hospitality
Liked least: kitchen size (our friends were in a bigger apartment with bigger kitchen)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Tom S
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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“One of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed”
Reviewed 25 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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The villa is amazing, Francesco and Susanna were very warm and welcoming hosts, they organised a beautiful dinner for all the guests during our stay and assisted us wherever possible to have a comfortable and relaxing experience. The apartment was very well equipped to cook and there were great places to eat lunch in the nearby pari or casale di pari. The view from the villa and the pool is one of the best I have experienced with changing colours from sunrise to sunset. I would recommend this to anyone looking to relax under the tuscan sun.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Travelling group: Large Group
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Laura-Gen...
Calgary, Canada
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81 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“If you want Tuscan views and genuine hospitality, then this is the place.”
Reviewed 25 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We are a family of four from Canada, including two teenage sons. The place is absolutely gorgeous....actually even better than the pictures suggest, which is amazing. It really is that good. Susanna and Francesco were our hosts and were available to respond to any need or query. The facilities are excellent, the pool and views absolutely out of this world; and there's free wine and bottled water available every day. How can you beat that? The suite we were in was called "Sughera", with a double for us and bunks for our two boys. It was great in terms of size and layout, and although the kitchen was compact, it was adequate for our needs (we cooked a lot of our meals). As for location, its in the heart of Tuscany....20 minutes to Siena, 75 minutes to Florence, and 2 hours to Rome. All reachable easily for day trips. The view from the pool across the valley is the classic Tuscan picture that everyone is looking for. In short, the place is perfect. If you want to be in a friendly place in Tuscany with incredible surroundings, come here. Don't even bother looking at anything else.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Liked best: The view, the
Liked least: Final payment set up was a little awkward, but could easily be improved.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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